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A Mathematica Puzzle Involving Computation of Expected Utilities
*To*: mathgroup at christensen.cybernetics.net
*Subject*: [mg804] A Mathematica Puzzle Involving Computation of Expected Utilities
*From*: SChandler at uh.edu (Seth Chandler)
*Date*: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 01:43:25 -0400
Suppose you have m functions
In[1]
funcs=Array[f,4]
Out[1]
{f[1], f[2], f[3], f[4]}
and you want to associate them with a list with n elements
In[2]
probs=Array[p,5]
Out[2]
{p[1], p[2], p[3], p[4], p[5]}
and an m x n array that looks something like this.
In[3] states=Array[s,{4,5}]
Out[3]
{{s[1, 1], s[1, 2], s[1, 3], s[1, 4], s[1, 5]},
{s[2, 1], s[2, 2], s[2, 3], s[2, 4], s[2, 5]},
{s[3, 1], s[3, 2], s[3, 3], s[3, 4], s[3, 5]},
{s[4, 1], s[4, 2], s[4, 3], s[4, 4], s[4, 5]}}
so that you end up with the following output
{p[1] f[1][s[1, 1]] + p[2] f[1][s[1, 2]] +
p[3] f[1][s[1, 3]] + p[4] f[1][s[1, 4]] +
p[5] f[1][s[1, 5]],
p[1] f[2][s[2, 1]] + p[2] f[2][s[2, 2]] +
p[3] f[2][s[2, 3]] + p[4] f[2][s[2, 4]] +
p[5] f[2][s[2, 5]],
p[1] f[3][s[3, 1]] + p[2] f[3][s[3, 2]] +
p[3] f[3][s[3, 3]] + p[4] f[3][s[3, 4]] +
p[5] f[3][s[3, 5]],
p[1] f[4][s[4, 1]] + p[2] f[4][s[4, 2]] +
p[3] f[4][s[4, 3]] + p[4] f[4][s[4, 4]] +
p[5] f[4][s[4, 5]]}
The best procedure I have come up with is as follows:
(states*funcs).pr/.Times[a_,b_,c_]->b*a[c]
But I'm willing to bet there's a better and more elegant way. Plus, this
method does not work when the functions are not abstractions like f[1], but
actual pure functions like, say, Function[x,-Exp[-x]].
Does anyone have a suggestion?
P.S. This would be useful in determining the expected utilities of n players
in a game that can end up in m states.
==================================
Professor Seth J. Chandler
University of Houston Law Center
BLB132
Houston, Texas 77204
SChandler at uh.edu
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